The Love for Rasulullah صلي الله عليه واله وسلم

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“None of you truly believes until I am more beloved to him than his father, his child, and all of mankind” (Bukhaari). This concept is central to our religion. Five times a day for prayer, Allah (سبحانه و تعالي) has placed the noble name of Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) right after His so that we may remember him (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم), follow him, and love him. Not only that, but Allah, in the Majestic Qur’an, would refer to other Prophets’ (A) by their names; however, concerning the name of Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم), Allah would, at times, call him by a title of his out of respect and love for him! In fact, every day, every second, from the beginning of time, to the end of time, Allah Himself is sending peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhammad (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم). So then how could our actions, words, or speech ever raise or praise the name of the one who is praised by Allah (سبحانه و تعالي) Himself? SubhanAllah, may Allah (سبحانه و تعالي) send peace and blessings upon him and his pure family forever.
Our vehicle to Allah is Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) and his loved ones! The Sahabah understood this concept very well. They lived and left this world in the love of Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم). This brings to mind a beautiful story.

Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) and Hadrat Abu Bakr As-Siddiq in the Cave of Thawr

Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) had endured much hardship in Mecca for many years after preaching Islam; however, Allah had finally given the command for him to leave and migrate to Madinah Munawara. This migration is called the Hijra. During this journey, Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) and Hadrat Abu Bakr had become targets since the Quraysh put a reward of 100 camels for the one who kills or brings Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) back to Mecca. After being chased by skilled horsemen and losing them in the pursuit, Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) and Hadrat Abu Bakr went to take rest in the cave of Thawr.
Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) wanted to rest, so he laid he head on Hadrat Abu Bakr’s lap and went to sleep.

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As he was sleeping, Hadrat Abu Bakr noticed a small hole in the cave from where a scorpion was coming. Hadrat Abu Bakr did not want to wake up Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) by killing the scorpion, but he also wanted to protect Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) from this poisonous scorpion so he ended up putting the sole of his foot up against the hole where the scorpion was in order to stop it from coming in! The scorpion started to viciously attack Hadrat Abu Bakr’s foot causing immense pain; however, he didn’t move an inch. Hadrat Abu Bakr As-Siddiq had so much love for Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) that he was willing to go through immense pain just so his beloved (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) could sleep peacefully. Even though Hadrat Abu Bakr remained still, despite the constant biting of the scorpion, the pain had become so immense that tears started to roll down his face. His tears then fell upon the face of Rasulullah (SAW), waking him up.
Hadrat Abu Bakr’s love for Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) was truly immense! It is important to note though; however, that the companions weren’t the only ones who loved Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم). Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) was sent as a Mercy to the worlds. He was sent as a mercy to all of creation! This means that all of creation, even rocks, mountains, trees, animals, and clouds loved Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) as well.

The Tree Stump

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Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (رضي الله عنه): The Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) used to stand by a tree or a date-palm on Friday. Then an Ansari woman or man said. “O Allah’s Apostle! Shall we make a pulpit for you?” He replied, “If you wish.” So they made a pulpit for him and when it was Friday, he proceeded towards the pulpit (for delivering the sermon). The date-palm cried like a child! The Prophet descended (the pulpit) and embraced it while it continued moaning like a child being quietened. The Prophet said, “It was crying for (missing) what it used to hear of religious knowledge given near to it.”
Ibn Umar (رضي الله عنه) narrated: The Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) used to deliver his sermons while standing beside a trunk of a date palm. When he had the pulpit made, he used it instead. The trunk started crying and the Prophet went to it, rubbing his hand over it (to stop its crying).
Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah: The Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) used to stand by a stem of a date-palm tree (while delivering a sermon). When the pulpit was placed for him we heard that stem crying like a pregnant she-camel till the Prophet got down from the pulpit and placed his hand over it.
These narrations are authentic,(Bukhaari and Muslim), and this miracle was witnessed by many noble companions! SubhanAllah, even a tree stump was crying out of love for Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم)!

Mount Uhud

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Narrated Anas (رضي الله عنه): Allah’s Apostle (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) ascended the (mountain) of Uhud with Abu Bakr and ‘Uthman and it shook. Allah’s Apostle said, “Be calm, O Uhud!” I think he stroked it with his foot and added, “There is none on you but a Prophet, a Siddiq, and two martyrs.” (Bukhari)
The Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) was traveling one time: “And when Uhud was within sight, he said: ‘This is the mountain which loves us and we love it.’” (Muslim)
An inanimate object has fallen in love with the best of Creation (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) to such an extent that it shakes!

A Tree

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Narrated by Ya’la ibn Murrah ath-Thaqafi (رضي الله عنه) said, “One time we were walking with the Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) and he stopped at a place to spend the night. When the Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) went to sleep, a tree uprooted itself and came to the Prophet and enveloped him. When the Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) woke up, he said: ‘This is a tree that when it saw the Prophet, it asked Allah to give salaams to the Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم), and Allah gave it permission.’” (Musnad Ahmad, Tabarani and Bayhaqi: Saheeh)

A Stone

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The Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) said, “I know a stone in Makkah that used to salute (give salaams) me before I received the revelation, I still know it now.” (Muslim)
One thing that is critical to note is that even a stone is sending blessings on Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم)! SubhanAllah, we already know, as Allah told us in the Qur’an, that He and His angels are sending peace and blessings upon Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم). Even a rock understood the level of Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم), the importance of loving him, and the obligation of sending peace and blessings upon him.
These are all beautiful reminders to increase in our love and appreciation of Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) and Allah. He is our source of light in this life. Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) taught us how to live, act, and even smile. This reminds me of a beautiful hadith. There was a person who wanted the companionship of the Prophet  in Jannah.  The Prophet  said, “What have you prepared?”  He said, “I haven’t prepared much ṣalāh or much siyam.  The only thing that I know that I’ve prepared is that I love you, ya Rasulullah.”  The Prophet said, “You will be with the one whom you love.”

Loving Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله و سلم) means following his sunnah, holding to the Qur’an, and obeying the commandments of Allah. In addition, love is an emotion that defines our actions, just like how our actions are defined by our intention (niyyah). Do we wish to see his blessed face? Do we smile when we think of him? Do we cry when we read about him? Do our hearts race when we see Masjid un-Nabawi? Do we appreciate everything he has done for us? Do our hearts soften when we hear his name? Can our mouths taste sweetness after taking his name? Do our eyes moisten with his remembrance? Do our breaths become heavy upon speaking about him? With every breath we take, every moment we exist, do we long to be with him and follow him to Jannah to meet our Rabb (سبحانه و تعالي)? Love is that which transforms hearts from darkness to light and completes our faith. We must live our life in love. This is not something that should only be done once a year. We have to fall in love every second, every day of our lives, following the footsteps of the Sahabah and Allah’s close ones.
May Allah bless Rasulullah, his family, the Sahabah, and all the great ones and increase our love for them. Ameen.